The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Edo state has commenced an extensive sensitisation programme to prevent conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
The Commandant of the corps, Dr. Benito Eze said NSCDC had established an agro-allied unit to promptly attend to such cases between the farmers and herdsmen.
He attributed the recurring clashes between the two groups nationwide to communication breakdown.
“Edo has been blessed by God, which is the reason why we have not had any issue of clashes between the farmers and herdsmen in the state. We will do everything possible to prevent this completely.
“One of the steps we have taken towards this is the establishment of the agro-allied unit across the 18 local councils of the state,” he said.
Also, the Chairman of cattle rearers in the state, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar, said that his members were ready to sustain the peace existing between the farmers and herdsmen in Edo.
In a related development, residents of six communities in Delta State yesterday raised the alarm over fear of fresh assault by Fulani herdsmen who allegedly attacked three farmers in the area recently.
The residents, many of who have reportedly abandoned their houses and farms are asking President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to urgently intervene and save them from the killer herdsmen.